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Do you have a safe in your home? If so, will that safe keep your important documents and precious items safe in the event of a fire? I bought a safe thinking that it would protect all of the things kept inside from damage if the house was ever to go up in flames. I sure was wrong. Not only was everything ruined from the flames, but the water that the fire department used to put the fire out also invaded the safe and caused even further damage. That was when I started learning about choosing a safe that is truly going to keep the contents safe from fire and water damage.

Security Tips For The Locks In Your Home Or Business

If you own a home or business and have been thinking about the security of your property, one way you could accomplish this task is by installing new or additional locks on doors or other areas like your filing cabinets. Your local locksmith will likely have some good ideas for you to consider, but keep these security tips in mind to make sure you are getting the most protection possible out of any lock that you do install.

Deadbolts Are Worthless Near Windows

For people who try to install their own locks, deadbolts can be a popular choice. But take a step back and look at the door you are installing it on before you proceed. Is there a window on or near the door and location of the lock? That deadbolt won't do a thing to stop an intruder who really wants to get inside if there is a window there. All they have to do is break the window, reach around, and undo the deadbolt. Instead, go for a double cylinder lock that can only be opened by inserting a key into the lock.

Stamping "Do Not Duplicate" on a Key Doesn't Always Help

If you have keys you are giving out to employees that let them get into sensitive areas, you may tell them or even write on the key itself that the key is not to be duplicated. But just because the key says "do not duplicate" does not mean that the key cutter at the local hardware store is going to listen. Talk to a local locksmith about getting high security locks installed with special keys that are not possible to duplicate.

Create a Master Key for Extra Protection

Do you have a housekeeper or cleaning staff that you intend to give a key to your home or business? One way you can provide some extra security in this situation is by asking a locksmith to create a Master Key that will work on both the doorknob and the deadbolt, but then to create another key that will only work on the doorknob. On the day that the housekeeper arrives, leave the deadbolt unlocked. This can help ensure that you don't get an unwanted guest if you ever having a falling out with your employee or the key is lost or stolen.

If you've been thinking about adding some additional security to your home or office, it might be time to install an extra lock or two on your doors or filing cabinets. Call a local locksmith {such as Lincoln Lock & Safe} to start brainstorming which locks might be best for your specific situation.